Computational Science


The Computational Science concentration is a program of the Computing and Information Studies. This concentration is available to all students except CIS majors and minors.

The program provides students the opportunity to develop technical skills required for computational research or data-driven professional work, without taking on the full course load a CIS major or minor requires.

Courses include, but are not limited to, introductory programming, data mining, database, and networking, with a focus on applying computational models to problems from fields such as biology, physics, economics, finance, and digital humanities.

Additional course information is available in the College Catalog.

Computational Science Snapshot

Beyond the Classroom

W&J’s CIS program prioritizes hands-on practice. Activities in the classroom and off-campus internships help students apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Internships have included cybersecurity research, data migration and data analysis, and healthcare records implementation. These positions prepare them for careers in technology firms of all sizes, private companies, and nonprofit organizations, as well as rigorous post-secondary programs.

Our students find success before they even leave campus. Jakerra Lance ’22 earned a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) with the University of Austin Texas through the National Science Foundation, and used her skills as a CIS and history double major to work on an independent visualization project with the Cyberinfrastructure Research 4 Social Change REU site.

CIS majors also apply their skills at local non-profit organizations with an unmet technology need during their capstone course, Service Learning Project Management. Our students have worked with WashPa Outdoors, Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA (DVSSP), Washington County Food Bank, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) on projects ranging from creating a local bird-finding app, promoting conservation education, and analyzing information security management.